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Dave Haysom

Dave Haysom is a literary translator and editor who has been living in Beijing since 2007. He first started publishing translations online at in 2012. From 2014 to 2018 he was joint managing editor of Pathlight, a quarterly journal of Chinese literature in translation, and in 2015 he helped launch “Read Paper Republic”, a year-long initiative to publish one translation online every week. He has also written articles and essays on contemporary Chinese literature for publications such as Words Without Borders and China Dialogue. He has recently translated novels by Feng Tang, Li Er, and Xu Zechen. His portfolio is online at

Poems translated by Dave Haysom